The Digital Studies Seminar
in association with GradCAM
(Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, at Dublin Institute of Technology) and the ATRL
(Arts Technology Research Lab, Department of Drama, Trinity College) present:
a live screening of Prof. N. Katherine Hayles’ seminar entitled:
“Thought or Cognition? What’s the Difference and Why Is It Important?”
Date: Friday 14 octobre 2016
Time: Doors: 17h00 (Screening: 17h30 to 19h00)
Venue: Arts Technology Research Lab (ATRL), Unit 13 Trinity Enterprise Campus (@ Grand Canal Dock), Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Whereas “thinking” has historically been loaded with a long tradition of anthropocentric assumptions, leading to fruitless debates about whether machines can think, “cognition” encompasses a much broader territory that includes both human systems and technical assemblages.
This talk will offer a definition of cognition that opens the way to re-thinking the relations of humans to other biological organisms and, equally important, to understanding the ways in which cognitive technologies and humans interact in the contemporary era. The implications of this framework will be explored over a diverse range of issues, from environmental concerns to ethical approaches to complex technologies.
N. Katherine Hayles, the James B. Duke Professor of Literature at Duke University, teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has published ten books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and her research has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Rockefeller Residential Fellowship at Bellagio, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, and a University of California Presidential Award, among other awards. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory in 1998-99 for How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, and the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship for Writing Machines. She teaches courses on experimental fiction, literary and cultural theory, finance capital and culture, science fiction, and contemporary American fiction. She has won two teaching awards, and has held visiting appointments at Princeton, University of Chicago as the Critical Inquiry Visiting Professor, and Institute for Advanced Studies at Durham University UK, among others.
The seminar is hosted by l’IRI for a conference organised on the initiative of Labex Arts-H2H de Paris 8, the Cergy School of Art and the University of Grenoble-Alpes (Litt & Arts Team).